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Poster: boat man Date: Aug 2, 2011 1:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Don't You Like the 80's?

You make a good point. Fair enough, and well said.
By "memories", I suppose I just really meant days gone by, not so much my own.
I grew up at the shows, and later,as an adult, used them for seeing people and places I might not otherwise have seen. I have no clue how many. My own memories are of the venues, the views, and the pure joy of it all.
On sub par nights, I don't recall being let down just glad that they gave me a reason to be there; chasing that ever elusive goodie.
So, I'm not so hard on the eighties, though the seventies were better. They just got older and slowed down, or what have you, as we all do. You could still hear them trying to please you, from time to time.
Anyway, thanks for your comments. And I don't think that you missed the trip at all. You seem to have gotten it just fine.

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Poster: bkidwell Date: Aug 2, 2011 2:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Don't You Like the 80's?

I will tell you something you should know, in case you don't know it, since you say you are new to the forum, and I don't know how much internet Grateful Dead reading you do. Have you ever been to:

http://deadessays.blogspot.com/

Which is Light into Ashes blog, which collects a lot of his writing and research about the Grateful Dead? If you haven't been there prepared to be completely amazed and find dozens of hours of enjoyable reading and study!

LIA is, in my opinion (and probably the opinion of many others) the best writer and researcher about the music of the Grateful Dead. That is meant to take nothing away from all the other people who have made great contributions, and certainly the work of the Deadbase authors back in the day could be said to be more historically important - but in terms of writing about the band focusing on the music, and how the history of the band relates to the music, LIA has done amazing things which engage more deeply with the actual content of the music and shows than anything else I have ever read.

So, when you say he "seems to have gotten it just fine" it makes me chuckle, because in my opinion, all of us are really incredibly lucky to have someone like him writing on this forum. I may enjoy the band's later work more than he does, but I think his criticisms are well-founded and perceptive, and help me understand the music. It's an honor to discuss the issues involved with him.

Maybe you knew all that, so sorry if I was explaining the obvious to you. There are also many other great posters here on this forum who impress me with their listening observations and knowledge, or contribute in other great ways. William Tell, dead-head Monte, Althea Rose, often Cliff Hucker (when he isn't busy arguing about god-knows-what), Jerlouvis, Strat, Micah, heck, tons more - all have an amazing amount of life or listening experience with the band or both, and are generous in sharing knowledge.

Man, I love this place. Sorry to anyone I didn't shout-out in that post, I realized since I was busy talking about how awesome LIA was I shouldn't ignore all the other great posters here, if you're not on the list, I'm sorry and I'll buy a healthy fruit juice if I ever meet you as an apology. Also, since I have now descended into merely stream-of-consciousness typing, I am really excited about tomorrow's day in history. We have 8/3/69 coming up and I hope we can all talk about that show, because that show is just something else!

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Poster: boat man Date: Aug 3, 2011 4:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Don't You Like the 80's?

Yes, I've read them in depth, but no, I had no idea I was corrosponding with the author. I'm humbled, thank you.